Cahill inspires local coaches
GETTING a few tips from one of Australia’s top coaches has definitely provided fresh inspiration for Fraser Coast tennis coaches Brenton Wagstaff and Tristan Brown.
The two travelled to the Brisbane International for a Tennis Australia coaching conference and met Darren Cahill, former coach of Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, and legendary Australian doubles player Todd Woodbridge, both of whom provided fresh ideas and advice for the coaches who attended.
About 50 coaches from Queensland and NSW attended the conference, which had a four hour theoretical component in the morning and then practical advice from Woodbridge and Cahill in the afternoon.
During their down time they were also able to watch a few matches at the International.
Brown said the conference provided the coaches with plenty of fresh ideas as well as reinforcing a lot of what they already know.
“They were fantastic,” Brown said yesterday.
Woodbridge and Cahill took the group through their own coaching techniques and Cahill opened up on his own experiences coaching two of the best players in the world.
“He was very approachable and honest about his time with Andre Agassi and Lleyton,” Brown said of Cahill.
“He said Lleyton was always going to be number one and Andre was his first big foray into the world of coaching.”
Despite the success both players had under his guidance, Cahill was the first to admit he hadn’t got it right all the time.
“He said looking back there were things he could have done differently and that he made mistakes.
“That was a big wake up call for us – even he wasn’t perfect.”
Woodbridge was more formal but also provided plenty of inspiration, Brown said.
“You could see why he was so successful. He was really determined and really focussed.
“He said the key is putting the hours in and training hard.”
Brown said the words of the two legends will provide himself and Wagstaff with plenty of motivation as they return to coach junior players on the Fraser Coast with the Fraser Coast Pro Tennis Association.
“It was great, rubbing shoulders with great coaches.
“I learnt more from them in a few hours than I had in a year.
“We’ve come back really excited about what we are doing.”